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February 2017  

Shirman Group Introduces Innovation, Collaboration, and Advisory Board Services.

Infographic of 2016 Adventures and 2017 Aha’s!

We’ve introducing 3 new service areas to help our clients build business capabilities that are integral to how the strategies and plans we create for clients turn into bottom-line impact and business value.

  • Real Relationships programs for teams and executives help build relationships, trust, improve collaboration across functional and geographic silos.
  • Breakthrough Innovation programs provide leaders and teams with opportunities to shift gears and learn new creativity, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.
  • Inner Circle Advisory Board service helps corporate boards, executives, and program teams to structure, recruit, and run advisory relationships.

September 2015 

Lilia Shirman steps in as Interim CMO at MariaDB Corp.

MariaDB Corp, the company behind the fastest-growing open source database, has invited Shirman Group CEO Lilia Shirman to lead its marketing organization during a critical transition period in the company’s development. MariaDB is introducing new products and technologies in a shift to add products and solutions to its traditionally services-focused business, and needs to create an effective and professionally-operated marketing function. While Lilia will be focused primarily on building this capability for MariaDB over the coming months, she will continue to work closely with the Shirman Group team to deliver high-impact strategies and flawless execution to our clients.


December 3, 2010  

Lilia Shirman to speak at TEC Global's Deep Dive: Silicon Valley

Lilia Shirman will be one of the Silicon Valley thought leaders sharing their expertise at The Entrepreneurs' Club's (TEC) Deep Dive: Silicon Valley program.  TEC is an international multi-ethnic network of several thousand high-tech entrepreneurs, executives and investors.  TEC Deep Dive: Silicon Valley is a special 2-week long seminar for startup founders covering a broad range of topics critical to the success of early stage technology companies, including marketing, product management, sales, and VC financing. 

Deep Dive: Silicon Valley brings together leading Silicon Valley VC firms, visionaries and senior corporate executives, including Steve Blank, Esther Dyson, Mark Iwanovski, Lilia Shirman, Bill Tai, Vivek Mehra, Peter Loukianoff and others.


November 9, 2010

Shirman Group and C-Level Advisors Partner to Accelerate Clients' Revenue Growth

The Shirman Group and C-Level Advisors have formed a strategic alliance that provides deeper and broader expertise to both firms’ clients.  The Shirman Group, a prominent Silicon Valley strategy consulting firm and thought leader in B2B enterprise technology growth strategies, helps its clients formulate and execute go-to-market strategies for complex solutions and vertical markets.  C-Level Advisors, a niche strategy and alliances consulting firm based in Dallas, helps companies create long-term strategies for growth, and develop strategic alliances including licensing and distribution deals, joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions. By combining their expertise, The Shirman Group and C-Level Advisors can offer clients a complete portfolio of strategic planning, competitive positioning, go-to-market strategy and assist with execution to drive growth in revenue and shareholder value..

Under the alliance, the two firms will draw on the expertise of both teams of professionals to serve clients. The combined team of technology industry professionals has deep expertise in operations, planning, business development, and go-to-market functions across both large and small companies.  Shirman Group and C-Level Advisors consultants and advisors have an average of 20+ years of experience helping companies grow revenue and profitability. 

Ken Goldberg, CEO and Managing Director of C-Level Advisors, explained, "Our clients are C-level executives and senior leaders looking to maximize shareholder returns, align their leadership teams, and grow revenue and profitability.  In collaboration with The Shirman Group, we can better support fast decision-making and aggressive execution in pursuit of corporate goals."  Lilia Shirman, CEO and Managing Director of The Shirman Group, added, "This expanded team of savvy technology industry veterans lets us offer our clients deeper expertise across a broader set of complex decisions.  The C-Level Advisors team has the same collaborative approach and focus on value creation that Shirman Group clients have come to expect. That focus on results is at the core of this alliance."


November 9, 2010  

Lilia Shirman and Ken Goldberg Help Entrepreneurs Navigate Strategic Alliances

CRDF Global Innovation Program brings international group of entrepreneurs to Silicon Valley

The U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation is bringing its Global Innovation program to Silicon Valley.  As part of their two-week visit to two of the U.S.'s largest hot-beds of innovation in Boston and Silicon Valley, the start-up teams will be learning about starting and growing their businesses.  

Lilia Shirman and Ken Goldberg will be talking about best practices and mistakes in partnering with much larger and established industry players.  In addition, the start-up founders will meet with Silicon Valley venture capitalists, attorneys, executives, and business experts to learn how foreign technology start-ups can gain a foothold in the U.S. Market, attract investment capital, and establish global relationships.


Oct 12, 2009  

Using Social Media for B2B Lead Generation: SVAMA hosts industry experts

How can marketers feeding a sales force use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and blogging as a direct method for lead generation? The topic of using social media as a B2B marketing tool is still being investigated today. At a Silicon Valley Marketing Association event on October 22nd, David Meerman Scott, author of the best-selling book, New Rules of Marketing and PR will join panelists Brian Halligan, CEO of the award-winning marketing software startup, HubSpot, and new author of Inbound Marketing, as well as Mike Linton, most recently the Chief Marketing Officer at eBay and former CMO at Best Buy, and Lilia Shirman, Managing Partner and founder of The Shirman Group.

July 19, 2009 

B2B Companies Increasing Investment in Industry-Focused Activity: Shirman Group Benchmarking Study Explores Industry Specialization Practices by B2B Vendors

The Shirman Group, a strategy consultancy specializing in B2B technology revenue growth, has released the highlights of the findings from its Industry Specialization by B2B Vendors Benchmarking study.  A key finding is that despite the slowed economy, companies are continuing to increase investment in industry-specialized functions.  More details about the study.

March 12, 2009 

SVAMA Entrepreneurial Marketing Panel to Discuss Best Practices for Propelling Great Ideas into Successful Businesses

Lilia Shirman, Managing Director of The Shirman Group will lead a panel discussion to explore best marketing practices of some of the most exciting startups in history, and how new ventures can prosper in the current economy.  The panel will also include Donna Wells, CMO of Mint.com, Kimber Lockhart, CEO Increo Solutions, and TJ Scimone, Serial Entrepreneur who leads Slice by Karim, partybeans.com.  

In this exciting 1.5 hour panel discussion we’ll hear from experts in different industries and stages of their start-up ventures to learn what marketing tactics have worked (and not worked), and identify some key takeaways that you can put to use immediately in your business!  Register to attend here.

February 16, 2009 

Sales and Marketing Leaders Share Strategies for Driving Revenue in a Recession with Entrepreneurs at TechChoire

VC’s and Angels are sitting out deals, waiting to see where the economic crash will take us in 2009.  To fuel their companies, entrepreneurs must become more effective at generating revenue and cash flow without investment capital.   Unfortunately, the unstable economy has made that difficult, too.  What does it really take to be heard over the noise to create customer interest?  How can you convince customers that are cutting back on spending to spend on you?  How can you execute effective sales and marketing efforts on a shoe-string?

This panel of battle-proven sales, marketing, and business execs will share their best practices and experiences.  Whether you’re bootstrapping, or trying to stretch the funds from your last round, you’ll want to hear what worked, and what didn’t, in getting the revenue machine started.  Panelists include Rajat Paharia, CTO and Founder of Bunchball,
Igor Shoifot, COO and Founder of Fotki.com, Vadim Rosenberg, Director, Telecommunications Marketing at CA, and Lilia Shirman, Managing Director and Founder of The Shirman Group.

Discussion topics will include:

  • Maximizing sales and marketing effectiveness on a tight (or non-existent) budget

  • Differentiating your company from all the other vendors claiming to have great technology

  • Building credibility with large accounts, or attracting a large consumer user base

  • Identifying and reaching key decision-makers

  • Mistakes to avoid when pitching your product or service 

  • How to evaluate sales people you are hiring, and motivate them to join your cause


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